Er heerst een ijzige kou, 38 graden onder nul. Stalingrad winter 1942-43. Een ijzige wind jaagt over de steppe en blaast de ijssplinters in ons gezicht. We marcheren langs duizenden bevroren lijken. Voor de colonne uit marcheert de stille en introverte Generaal SS. Hij is woedend. Dat weten we al lang. Een fanaticus, die strijdend wil sterven. En de Generaal SS wil zoveel...more
The plot is a bit fictional (from what I know, Waffen-SS didn't participate in the battle of Stalingrad).
Sven and his comrades are trying to escape from the battle, being helped by a SS general.
If you want to read about the complete stupidity of war and the pure incompetence of the generals and higher ups whose decisions ...more
A guilty pleasure - my dad had these books on this shelf for years and I'd
peak at them for some reason they seemed forbidden.
They are a fun read, a kind of WW2 pulp fiction, all from the
perspective of a German penal unit. Wild, realistic, most the time,
and oddly poignant for such a tale.
A lot of controversy surrounds the author, was he a real
soldier in the Wehrmacht? a con-man? Adds to the allure.
These books are driven by ...more
The characters are very special and the reader will easily like them all.
But I know why I loved this book and why Sven Hassel has become one of my favourite ...more
Has the usual cast of characters and they are well written.
Supposedly written from first hand experience, he focuses on the small things that keep them together as orders come down from people with no idea of the conditions.
I mean if your like me and wont buy books online for fear of reciving a credit card bill that resembles the national debt in size and magnatude.
Well the answer is extreamly hard.
The only other Sven Hassel book I have found was a beat up copy of 'Reign of Fire' someone carelessly left on their coffee table, and which I aquired after a convient diversion created by the family dog.
The books are quite good. Sometimes funny, sometimes horrible, ...more
Although the narrative, ...more
So I liked this soldier's story. I liked it a lot.
There he is, the main face of the story, he doesn't even want to be in all this mess he's pushed in, and he certainly doesn't share enthusiasm with his ...more
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